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95 Per Cent Of Fake Bombs Made It Through Airport Security In DHS Test

Does taking off your shoes, emptying your pockets and putting your laptop in a little plastic bin make you feel safe? Maybe it shouldn’t. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is doing a lousy job. Like, “failed to detect mock weapons 95 per cent of the time” lousy.

This Guy Implanted A Cattle Tracker In His Hand To Hack A Phone

A security expert had a computer chip for tracking cows implanted in his hand by an “unlicensed amateur” so he could show how hackers could use tools hidden underneath their skin to hijack devices.

The TSA Is Using Behaviour Screening To Identify Illegal Immigrants

The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travellers are a threat or not. And as much as it sucks to go through the TSA’s invasive X-ray and scanning checkpoints, it turns out the TSA’s tactics are pretty messed up even when they’re low-tech.

The Craziest Stuff People Tried To Sneak Onto US Flights This Year

We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past US airport security in 2014.

Ebola Airport Screenings Won't Do A Damn Thing

Along with shoe X-rays and toiletries in ziploc bags, we can now welcome fever checks as the latest addition to airport security theatre. Today, US officials announced they will screen passengers coming to five major airports from the African countries hit worst by Ebola — despite no real evidence that it will make us safer.

It's Shockingly Easy To Hide Guns And Bombs From Backscatter Scanners

The TSA’s full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They’re a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials, for one. They’re also insanely easy to trick. We’ve suspected as much for some time now, but a team of university researchers just confirmed some scary security flaws.

The TSA Is On The Lookout For Electronics That Won't Turn On

The US Transportation Security Administration has a new target: mobile phones and other electronics that won’t power up. At certain airports, if your device won’t turn on, it — and maybe you — won’t get on that plane.

A Super-Sensitive Bomb-Sniffing Chip Could Be The Future Of Security

When luggage makes its merry way through the airport, bomb-sniffing scanners have to check it out for explosives. Now, scientists in Israel say they have developed a small electronic chip that could be a million times more sensitive than our bulky scanners.

A Removable Belt Buckle That Makes Airport Security A Breeze

If you’re tired of almost having to completely undress as you’re herded like cattle through airport security, there’s an entire subset of the clothing industry designed to make that ordeal a little more bearable. Like Hummus Apparel’s new line of belts featuring a buckle that can be easily slipped off and dropped in a bin, instead of having to remove your entire belt.

Your Body Odour Could Help Make Airport Security A Breeze

Forget retina scans and fingerprints. Turns out, body odour is a shockingly accurate biometric identifier. According to new research from a team of Spanish scientists, it could change the way security checkpoints work.

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